About this Blog’s Author
My name is Kathleen. For thirty years I have worked with and been a part of the lives of people from all walks of life. In 2003, when our children were in elementary school my book, Raising Depression Free Children was published and I was off and running on a national lecture circuit. Much to the chagrin of the publisher I quit a year later and landed a job closer to home because I missed my husband and children.
At home I pursued my interest in blending what I knew about depression and other mental health ills with practicing the Catholic Christian faith. In 2004, I taught a class on St. Elizabeth Ann Seton at my home parish and weaved in her experience of depression. In 2007, Canticle magazine published my article Elizabeth Ann Seton, Hope for Depression Sufferers. In 2009, I launched a blog, DepressedandCatholic and in 2011 Liguorian magazine published What Faith Can Do to Ease Depression’s Pain. By then life had already become quite busy with one of the most enjoyable parts of parenting, high school adventure. So I limited my professional life to blog writing and working locally. Chauffeuring and cheering teens onward became the priority.
When our youngest was a senior in high school I began to give presentations about depression and faith at churches and other faith-based settings. In 2013, I decided to expand the scope of my work and HealthyCatholics was born. Now when I speak, topics include anxiety and stress as well as depression –all as they relate to living and practicing our Catholic Christian faith. My goal is to reduce stigma and create a spirit of inclusiveness and understanding. By the way, if you are interested a presentation you can reach me through my professional website– kathleenphockey.com.
On a personal note, this May 2017 my husband and I will be celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary. Our two sons are young adults beginning their own life adventures. In my spare time I read about the latest research in mental health and inspirational books. Photography, hiking, and watching ice hockey are passions, and a 2017 New Year resolution is to learn how to ice skate. My husband says 57 is the perfect age to do so. Time will tell.
Hope you enjoy this blog as much as I enjoy writing posts. Blessings.